Lake Taupō: the great lake

The biggest lake in Australasia announced its arrival with a bang.


Mount Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngāuruhoe from Lake Taupō. © Jeremy Bright

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Clearwater Motor Lodge Visit website

SITUATED RIGHT ON THE SHORES OF LAKE TAUPO At CLEARWATER Motor Lodge we offer quality lake edge motel accommodation, with 6 units having unlimited views . . . More . . . 

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Lake Taupō: the great lake

Lake Taupō is actually the drowned caldera of a super volcano, whose eruption in the first century AD caused meteorological effects noted by sky-gazers as far afield as Rome and China. Read the story . . . 

Taupo Tandem Skydiving Visit website

Taupo Tandem Skydiving is New Zealand's original skydiving operator and the only Qualmark endorsed drop zone in Taupo. With the widest range of camera options . . . More . . . 

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Ōrakei Kōrako: thermal wonderland

There are still reminders scattered about the Taupō district of the subterranean forces that produced its mighty, first-century eruption and subsequent lake. Read the story . . . 

Skydive Taupo Visit website

Skydive from as high as 15,000 ft with 60 seconds of freefall at 200kph. At Skydive Taupo we focus on customer satisfaction and safety in . . . More . . . 

Motutere Bay TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Motutere Bay TOP 10 Holiday Park is the ONLY holiday park situated on the shores of the Great Lake Taupo. Nowhere else can you park . . . More . . . 

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Lake Taupō: how did we get so lucky?

It really is all about Lake Taupō in this part of the world, where the water’s mood governs the feel of the day: sunny and sparkling, or grey and intense.  Read the story . . . 

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Great Lake Motel Visit website

Situated on the Lakefront, 2 mins walk to town centre, shops, restaurants. Spacious self-catering one-bedroom (sleep 2-4) and studio (sleep 2-3) units, serviced daily. All smokefree. . . . More . . . 

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Boating: Kiwis on the water

Going to the beach, lake or river for a splash is so commonplace in New Zealand, we seldom spare a thought for those in land-locked in places, thousands of kilometres from the shore. Read the story . . . 

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Lake Taupo Holiday Resort Visit website

NZ's first swim up bar and cafe in large lagoon thermally heated pool. Lake Taupo Holiday Resort is a destination in itself with a spectacular . . . More . . . 

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Thermal Explorer Highway: Auckland to Napier

How about an epic roadie straight down the North Island to the land where the languid meandering of the mighty Waikato gives way to the hiss of steam in roistering Rotorua? Read the story . . . 

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Sportsmans Lodge Visit website

On the banks of the famous Tongariro River. Inexpensive, quiet garden setting. 1 self-contained garden cottage with queen-size bed and single bed, and nine very . . . More . . . 

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Climbing: facing your fear

Climbing is the unique blend of physical and mental exertion that leads both to a feeling of accomplishment and a sense of calm. All in some of the most breathtaking landscapes in New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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Creel Lodge Motel & Retreat Visit website

Quiet, affordable relaxing retreat on the river. Trout fishing at its best. Rafting, snow skiing, Tongariro Crossing, kayaking, canoeing, biking, walking and tramping. . . . More . . . 

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Huka Falls tracks

Take a scenic walk along the banks of the Waikato River, or explore the many lookout points at Huka Falls, one of the most visited natural attractions in New Zealand.  Read the story . . . 

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